Planned Parenthood is losing support among constituents in the aftermath of its endorsement of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for President.
The abortion giant’s Facebook page and social media platforms were flooded with comments from outraged supporters, who said they will no longer support Planned Parenthood after the group backed Clinton as a prelude to the primary elections. Some of Planned Parenthood’s core supporters even vowed to end financial contributions to the group and now agree that the abortion giant should be defunded.
Some of Planned Parenthood’s supporters— longtime abortion advocates who have stood with the organization for years — stated that Planned Parenthood’s endorsement reveals it is more concerned about politics rather than the interests of its pro-abortion constituency.
Clinton is a recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award and has advocated for the abortion conglomerate during the entirety of her political career. Clinton has received big campaign contributions from the abortion business, and will receive even more as the group prepares to spend at least $20 million on the 2016 elections. During a rally in New Hampshire Sunday, Clinton told Planned Parenthood supporters, “As your President, I will always have your back.”
While many of Planned Parenthood’s constituents back Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders — who holds a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and also advocates extreme views on abortion—Planned Parenthood supporters realize that the group will put politics and its own bottom line ahead of what its advocates want.
Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Clinton is the first primary endorsement of a presidential candidate in its 100-year history, and signals the group’s ever-increasing anxiety as 2016 segues into the presidential elections. The U.S. Supreme Court will also consider Texas’ abortion law this year, which effectively shuttered abortion facilities across the state for failing to implement basic medical safety protections. How the high court rules on Texas’ H.B. 2 will determine the ability for states to regulate the abortion industry.
In 2015, a dozen undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress exposed Planned Parenthood corporate executives and top abortionists discussing brutal and gruesome fetal parts harvesting and abortion practices. The videos, along with the work of Live Action and pro-life organizations, have spotlighted attention on Planned Parenthood’s over $500 million in public subsidies.
LIFE SITE NEWS by Ben Johnson Tue Jan 12, 2016 – 2:05 pm EST
Hillary Clinton calls for taxpayer-funded abortions
HOOKSETT, New Hampshire, January 12, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Taxpayers should be compelled to pay for abortion-on-demand, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told Planned Parenthood this weekend.
While accepting the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s first-ever endorsement during a contested primary, Clinton told a crowd in New Hampshire that she believed the “right” to abortion should strike down virtually every restriction on abortion in all 50 states.
“I believe we need to protect access to safe and legal abortion, not just in principle, but in practice,” she said. “Any right that requires you to take measures to access it, is no right at all.”
She argued the unfettered “right” to abortion-on-demand is not met “when patients and providers have to endure harassment and intimidation just to walk into a health center; not when making an appointment means taking time off from work, finding child care, and driving half-way across your state; not when providers are required by state law to recite misleading information to women in order to shame and scare them.”
“And,” she added, “not as long as we have laws on the books like the Hyde Amendment, making it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights.”
The Hyde Amendment, authored by Rep. Henry Hyde and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, forbids federal taxpayer dollars from funding abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
The former first lady’s words echo the official stance of the 2012 Democratic Party platform, which favors unrestricted abortion-on-demand “regardless of ability to pay.”
Her call was quickly picked up by abortion advocacy organizations. The National Abortion Funds tweeted:
The issue of funding or defunding abortion represents a cavernous gulf separating the two parties. Every Republican presidential candidate has said he, or she, will defund Planned Parenthood upon taking office. Many have done so in their own states.
“Not only is she opposed to defunding Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton has now argued that taxpayers have an obligation to support abortion at any time, for any reason. This is the most dramatic pro-abortion position espoused by a leading political figure to date, and it changes the abortion debate,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
Referring to Bill Clinton’s formulation of his views on abortion, Dannenfelser said, “‘Safe, legal, and rare,’ is long gone.”
The new Democratic orthodoxy is radically out-of-step with the American people, who favor existing – and additional – regulations on abortion. Numerous polls show between 20 and 25 percent of the American people favor unrestricted abortion-on-demand.
As high as 70 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, according to a 2015 Marist/Knights of Columbus poll.
“If Mrs. Clinton wants to use this election to go to war against this longtime consensus, we welcome the opportunity to engage and expose her. We are confident the American people will reject this level of extremism at the ballot box,” Dannenfelser said.